Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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MASTER & MARGARITA ' 50TH ANNIVERSARY ED
The Devil is not evil he's merely the mirror for society AND he's got a shit talkin', gun totin', chess playin' giant black cat with him. Masterpiece. --recommended by Caitlyn, Josiah and Daven
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CARETAKER
Doon Arbus
A perfectly strange Autumn tale. --Recommended by Josiah
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Let's Talk About Your Wall: Mexican Writers Respond to the Immigration Crisis
Alberto Quintero , Carmen Boullosa
At last a book that explains the Border Wall from the Mexican perspective. An array of Journalists, novelists, and documentary makers, all based in Mexico, help expand our North American view on what this evil American monument really represents. --Recommended by Josiah
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The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
Alicia Garza
An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country's leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter --Recommended by Paul
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Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath
Heather Clark
The highly anticipated new biography of Sylvia Plath that focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while restoring the woman behind the long-held myths about her life and art. --Recommended by Ryan
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Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
Sudhir Hazareesingh
A new interpretation of the life of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture --Recommended by Paul
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Bezoar
And Other Unsettling Stories
Guadalupe Nettel
Difficult habits are stronger than good intentions, and these chosen folks are captive to their complicated appetites. Under unfathomable shelter, those vanquished by their perversions seek redemption through Nettel's gallant glaring and guidance. -Recommended by Ryan
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Voices from the Valley
Tech Workers Talk About What They Do--and How They Do It
Ben Tarnoff, Moira Weigel
From FSGO x Logic: anonymous interviews with tech workers at all levels, providing a bird's-eye view of the industry
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The Fallen
A Novel
Carlos Manuel Álvarez
Alvarez story of a modern Cuban family and their desperation and pains left me amazed. The details and deteroritions of each member of the family and their dependence on each other is a rhythmic, impossible to put down read. --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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Dance on Saturday: Stories
Elwin Cotman
A few pages in and i was enthralled with this book. I gave away my copy twice, before i had finished it, to a friend and a stranger. I wanted them to share my fascination with Cotman's fantastical prose. These stories exist in a world that is unmistakably our own. "Y'all best get in on this." -RECOMMENDED BY RYAN
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ALIENS
Chingon Chicano artist y Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya is the artistic bridge between Chicano raices and Latinx futuras. This book is a timely mescla of Chagoya's increible artwork and artistic musings. These images are profundo, peligroso, y necesario.. --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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THE BITCH
This tiny novelita will hurt you, I promise. --recommended by Josiah
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CHILDREN OF VIRTUE & VENGEANCE
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could've imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
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PARABLE OF THE SOWER
Butler's 1993 classic only becomes more and more relevant as the years pass and this world continues to center on capitalism and greed. Truly a novel of these times. --recommended by Caitlyn

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